Nurfahada, 16, advocate for girls’ rights in the Philippines
Nurfahada, 16, recalls how a standoff in Mindanao, Southern Philippines caused disruption to their education and sexual violence to girls.
“We felt, heard, and saw what happened during the Zamboanga siege. Our classes were suspended for three months.”
“When there is conflict, girls are the most affected, just like what happened during the siege. Because everyone lived in a transitory site even if they don’t know each other, teenage pregnancy and sexual assault happened.
Because of teenage pregnancy, girls are losing their passion in education. And as an advocate, I want to serve as an inspiration and be a voice of the girls to lessen violence and stop teenage pregnancy.”
Nurfahada went to the 4th Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark last May to demand wider access to adolescent sexual reproductive health.
She also joined the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, on stage in New York last year to call on world leaders to put girls’ rights rights at the heart of the global development agenda.
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